To break the monotony of sitting at home and applying to jobs, I’ve been working to find free (or close to free) activities to do and events to attend locally. As someone who’s not a huge fan of the city she lives in landscape and weather-wise, I will admit that I generally avoid going outside – particularly in our hotter months (which are most months) – but upon passing the zoo on our Galentine’s Day celebration, agreed with my roomie that a trip to the zoo was long overdue. Particularly when considering the fact that the last time I’d been to our local zoo might very well have been over a decade ago when I was in middle school went to sketch animals for an art program I’d joined. Insane considering it’s such a cute zoo! PLUS, we have our own little baby elephant!
While the Reid Park Zoo is on the modest side of zoos, it still had plenty to see. Including……..greenery!
Look at all that green grass! And TREES! And in the background, beneath the “thatch” roof, is our little merry-go-round that I opted out of to save money.
We met many a bird along the way, as one tends to do at a zoo.
Lauren hatched from an egg Indiana Jones style.
…and I came across this incredibly chill bear:
…and then met the backside of cactus (and of course, partook in Dippin’ Dots for the first time in…god knows how long):
But my favorite parts of the trip were definitely getting to see the elephants, and getting to feed the giraffes!
Elephants have been my favorite animal for several years now. Funnily enough, it developed not because of exposure to the actual animal, but after I bought a Dumbo pillow pet at Disneyland and he became my dear companion on many a road trip and sleepless night. Needless to say, this was before I had my handsome kitty Fiyero, but nonetheless, Dumbo inspired a love for elephants that’s still going strong, and getting to see them interact, play, and show so much companionship to each other really solidified that love.
And the baby elephant! Nandi’s such a cutie, I couldn’t help completely gushing over her.
Then it was time to feed the giraffes. While my roommate Lauren’s done this before, I never have (as far as I recall), so I was a BIT nervous, but mostly just excited. Seeing how friendly they were as we waited in line to get our carrots eased any worry I’d had left, and soon enough, we reached the handsome fellows and it was our turn.
The only disappointing part of the experience was that I didn’t actually get to feel the giraffes tongue since s/he was, of course, quite skilled at grabbing the food without having to touch the hand providing it. But I would definitely do it again and was tempted to get back in line and give it another go. They just make the cutest faces!
Though none of my photos can compete with this AMAZING snapshot of Lauren with her giraffe:
Definitely new besties.
We closed the trip by walking into the gift shop to see what was available, and I was attacked by a swarm of monkeys! A day in the life.
All in all it was an incredibly enjoyable trip. The weather was overcast but a perfect temperature for an outing like this one. Next up on our list of local must-dos…our famous Desert Museum!
Miss Lark Bahar